When Life Gives You Lemons…

Why not let go of your problems?

Why not let go of your problems?

We’ve all heard the saying, so why do so many of us fall prey to the effects of the stresses of life when those curve balls come? The answer is simpler than you might think: human nature.

You see, we like to worry. It feels good, at least for a while, because when you are worrying, you are at least in control of that emotion. “I want to get out of this situation, therefore I will fret over it, and while fretting, nothing can dissuade me from fretting.” Life is good that way, isn’t it?

No! It sucks! I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Thousands and thousands of times. I may only be 30, but the things I’ve been through physically, mentally, and spiritually are certainly on par with everyone else, with a dash more on the physical plate.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Set multiple-level goals: short-term, medium-term, and long-term. You need to know where you’re going, even if some things take a while.
  2. Do what you can, leave the rest alone. If you have 5 kids and they are taking all of your money, there’s not much you can do about that at this point.
  3. Seek out advice from professionals or friends who have been there before. A pastor or social worker may be able to get you in contact with someone who has been exactly where you are.
  4. Especially in the areas of finances, track everything! Learn all you can about your subject! If you need to get a second job, you may need to do that for a season of your life. You can do anything for a season.

I’ve been unemployed, sick to the point of being on I.V.s, no money to buy groceries or gas, and without health insurance – all at the same time… there is an end to every challenge.

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  • http://bryceraley.com Bryce Raley

    Nice post. It always helps to hear others who have made it through the dips in life.

    Exciting about your consulting through your new site as well!

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